Saturday, September 25, 2021

CMS Jazz Takes Top Prize at Festival

CMS Jazz BandThe Carroll Middle School Jazz Band competed in The Pride of Texas Music Festival recently. The event was Tuesday, May 12 at the iT’z in Euless.

The students performed extremely well, and received the highest score possible from all judges – First Division/Superior.  Comments from the judges included: “Great style and balance.” “Very unique!” “Amazing job!” “Overall great articulation and style!” “Very nice!!” “Such fun music!  You did a great job.” “This group understands jazz language!” Click here for more information about the Pride of Texas Music Festival.

The CMS Jazz Band will have its final concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 at Carroll Middle School.

CMS Theatre Wins Awards at OAP Competition

CMS_OAP2014 (2)Carroll Middle School Theatre recently competed in the Northwest One-Act competition.  Their production of “West” brought home a superior rating and tech crew won Best Tech.

Individual awards went to: Jayden Goldberg, Katie Cross, Shawn Carter, Rachel Connell, Mitchell Groff, and Matthew Schultz.CMS_OAP2014 (1)

Corbin Bowman (pictured, right) was named Best Actor for  the entire festival.







Top Dog: Carroll Student and Canine Pal Advance in Competition

Carroll Middle School student Erin Turman is among the country’s top young dog handlers competing in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship’s Junior Showmanship competition in Orlando, Florida December 14–15. As a result of hard work in the show ring and classroom, Erin a CMS 7th grader, with her Australian Shepherd – Briarbrooks Invincible will contend for a top placement and scholarship dollars at this invitation-only event.

The Junior Showmanship competition is judged on the handler’s ability to present the dog with skill and confidence. All juniors entered will compete in Preliminary classes, from which a specified number of juniors will be selected by the judges to compete in the Finals. The Junior Showmanship Final will be video streamed on

Eligibility to enter is based on the juniors’ accomplishments in school and previous dog shows. Juniors entering are required to:

• Be at least age 9 and under 18 years old at the time of the wins.

• Have five wins in an Open Class with competition present between October 11, 2012 and October 9, 2013.

• Have a grade point average of at least 3.0, or equivalent, for the 2012-2013 school year.

Four scholarships from Eukanuba Dog Foods will be awarded to junior handlers during the National Championship: the first-place winner will receive $2,000, with $1,500, $1,200 and $1,000 going to second, third and fourth place, respectively.

The AKC’s junior handler events are aimed at recognizing and supporting the special relationship between young people and dogs, encouraging responsible dog ownership and promoting dog show participation for future generations. For more information about the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and the Junior Showmanship competition, please visit

Carroll Wind Ensemble Earns National Honors

2013-14 Members of the Carroll Middle School Wind Ensemble

The CMS Wind Ensemble won this honor by submitting a recording this past May of their challenging program of music that included Circle Days March by Karl L. King and Steel by Randall D. Standridge.

All entrants receive a compilation CD recording of the winning band performances. Winners are also recognized in regional and national publications and conventions.

The adjudicators for the project were Colonel John R. Bourgeois, retired Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and Dr. Kraig Alan Williams, Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Wind Studies Program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

The members of the CMS Wind Ensemble are to be commended for representing their school and community at the national level in the highest regard, for their hard work, dedication and unprecedented success throughout the year.

The CMS Wind Ensemble is directed by Michael Oglesby, Nathan Brazell, and Sara Scott.

Two Dragons Named Southlake Youth of the Year

Two distinguished Dragons were recognized at the 2013 Celebrating Community MVPs Awards Banquet last Thursday, June 20. The awards ceremony recognizes outstanding community contributors for making a difference in Southlake, and Carroll students Andrew Adams and Courtney Kent were honored as the 2013 Youth of the Year by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. The Youth of the Year Award honors local students for their dedication and achievement in the Southlake area.

Pictured left to right: Matt Miller, CMS Principal; Andrew Adams, Courtney Kent and Shawn Duhon, CSHS Principal

Andrew Adams is a 14 year old former Carroll Middle School student. At CMS, he was involved in National Junior Honor Society, Theater, Band, Football, Cross Country, Track and was an elected officer in the Student Council. Andrew was also an outstanding leader who exhibited character and is respected by both peers and staff. Outside of school, he is involved in Boy Scouts where he is a life scout rank, Relay for Life, Order of the Arrow, which is a Scouting National Honor Society, and he is a volunteer and active member of his church. His goals are to finish his Eagle Scout badge, graduate high school with all A’s and to help out at church in any way he can. Andrew will start at Carroll High School in the fall.

Courtney Kent is 18 years old and a recent graduate of Carroll Senior High. As a Dragon, she was involved in Varsity Marching Band where she was a section leader, Band Leadership Council, NHS, NSHS and Mu Alpha Theta. A Carroll Senior High Counselor described Courtney as being one of the most dedicated, resilient and caring students she has come across in her ten years in education. Outside of school, she is involved in the National Charity League where she is president and is the Vice Chair of the Southlake Youth Action Commission. She is also the founder of Sprinkles of Love, which is a charitable custom baking business where all the proceeds go to purchasing Nintendo Wii consoles for the Children’s Hospital in Dallas. Her goals include graduating from college and growing her non-profit, Sprinkles of Love. 

Carroll Middle School Celebrates Reading

Thanks to the financial support of CMS PTSO, CMS held its final R2W (Read 2 Win) Drawing for the 2012-13 school year.

Eighteen gift cards were drawn from the bin and the winners were: Parish Brandt, David Driggs, Elizabeth Egel, James Ellis, Jaxon Garner, Venezia Guzman, Altaf Hakemy, Kate Hosler, Allison Li, Ian McKinzey, Rishik Puppala, Abby Stewart, Ethan Tapley, Cate Tracht, Mackenzie Wernimont, Reece Witcher, Patrick Zieniznek, and Aaron Ziegler. Eleanor Musier won the Grand Prize Kindle Fire.

CMS Wins UIL Academic Competition

Seventy-four students competed at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Rhome, Texas on Saturday, April 6 against Northwest ISD schools and Dawson in the University Interscholastic League Academic competition.

A total of 30 eighth graders and 19 seventh graders placed in the top 6.  Eighth grade swept Editorial Writing, Mathematics, and Listening Skills and placed in every category earning seven 1st places, nine 2nd places, eight 3rd places, six 4th places, and six 5th places.

Seventh grade swept Mathematics and Chess Problem Solving categories and placed in all but two of the categories earning four 1st places, seven 2nd places, two 3rd places, four 4th places, four 5th places, and three 6th places.  We brought home the bacon with a 1st place win.  As a team, they scored 605 points over 2nd place Dawson who earned  270 points, and 3rd place Medlin with 264 points.

A special thank you to all the teachers for coaching, the students for their time and dedication, and the parents who got them to practices and the competition.

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the competition:

7th gradeEditorial Writing: Lourdes Buksh, Nicole Fenley, Anni Nieminen (5th); Mathematics:  Suyash Jain (3rd), Samuel Ma (2nd), Simoni Maniar (1st); Oral Reading:  Shawn Carter (6th), Katie Cross, Matthew Schultz; Ready Writing:  Malini Chandra, Rhea Gogia, Ganeev Kaur; Maps, Graphs, and Charts:  Giancarlo Dominguez (5th), Aiden Gow, Peter Lin (4th); Impromptu Speaking:  Katie Cross (2nd), Kenna Taylor;  Dictionary Skills:  Mikala Gist (3rd), Ben Rosenthal, Ashli Towry; Number Sense: Arman Dave (2nd), Maniar (1st), Rishik Puppala (4th); Social Studies: Elizabeth Egel, Lauren Esparza, Kinley Hicks (6th); Spelling:  Buksh (5th), Abbey Keleher, Paul Venesky (2); Science:  Ganeev Kaur, Peter Lin (1st); Brice McKane (2nd); Art: Maniar (4th), Alexandra Olsen, Shiloh Sweat (5th), Mahlen Waugh (6th); Listening Skills:  Keleher, Maniar, Luke Sargeant (4th); Chess Problem Solving:  Buksh (2nd), Peter Lin (1st), James Stewart (2nd).

8th gradeEditorial Writing: Audrey Gow (2nd), Emma Lin (1st), Tilda Nieminen (3rd); Mathematics:  Sunny Daggubati (1st), William McFadden (2nd), Mana Singri (3rd); Oral Reading:  Andrew Adams (5th), Alex Rose, Billy Wade; Ready Writing:  Simrin Gill (2nd), Gow, T. Nieminen; Maps, Graphs, and Charts:  Adams (4th), JP Repetto (4th); Impromptu Speaking:  Peter Harris, Rose (3rd), Kelsey Wireman (4th); Dictionary Skills:  Adam Kit (4th), Katie Paulsen (2nd), David Spitler;  Number Sense:  Preston Lee (4th), Allison Li (2nd), Hafsa Zuberi (1st); Social Studies:  Alexandra Bramley, Daggubati (2nd), Armand Tadjali (5th); Modern Oratory:  Cole Brandt (4th), Lisie Kit (5th), Lin (1st); Calculator Applications:  Daggubati (3rd), Addison Miller (1st), Singri (5th); Spelling:  Gus Karau (1st), Samuel Ortiz (3rd), Ryan Schwartz (5th); Science:  Harris (3rd), Myra Mak, Paulsen (4th); Art:  Meg Camele, Li (2nd), Casey Nunis, Jared Repice; Listening Skills:  Jacquelin Kwentus (2nd), Macy Miller (1st), Wyatt Packard (3rd); Chess Problem Solving:  Conner Hutyra (5th), Eric Spitler, Will Vaughn (3rd).

Art Judges Give Middle School Students High Marks

Dawson Middle School and Carroll Middle School art students recently competed in the Junior Visual Arts Scholastic Event (Jr. VASE). The competition was held on Saturday, April 20 at Hillwood Middle School in Keller. Over 600 art students from across Region XI participated.

All DMS art students received 4 (superior) ratings. In total, Dawson students were awarded 10 metals for superior ratings. The proud art teacher is Emily Trammell.

4 (superior) Rating Winners

  • Eerika Aro
  • Shalon Forman
  • Soumya Kovela
  • Mandira Misra
  • Gavin Mullally
  • Sarah Mullally
  • Amelia Rusli (2 IVs)
  • Megan Yao (2 IVs)

CMS students also shined in the competition.   In total, CMS students were awarded 10 metals for superior ratings. CMS also boasts a Silver Medal winner.  Shang Wang was selected from all other 7th grade artworks that received a IV (superior) rating as part of the top 10% in that group! The proud art teacher is Bethany Acosta.

3 (excellent) Rating Winners

  • Claire Noorhasan
  • Olivia David

4 (superior)Rating Winners

  • Jared Deleon
  • Ian Mckinzey
  • Madison Talley
  • Shang Wang
  • Audrey Sloane
  • Audrey Gow
  • Vasu Polavarapu
  • Katie Paulsen
  • Meg Camele
  • Tilda Niemenen

Silver Medal Winner

  • Shang Wang

The Jr. VASE program is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Students are provided the opportunity to bring artworks created in their art classes to a regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork. The jurors look for originally of concept, technical expertise, understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and the interpretation of the student’s stated intent.

Medals are awarded to those students receiving a superior (Rating 4) rating in each division at the regional event. These students’ artwork will be featured at the CISD K-12 Art Show during the 2013 Art in the Square event in Southlake Town Square April 26-28.

CMS students ‘Read 2 Win’

Carroll Middle School teachers and administrators say the Read 2 Win (R2W) literacy initiative continues to get students excited about reading for pleasure. R2W, the brainchild of Karla Sisson, Carroll Academic Reading Enhancement (C.A.R.E.) teacher, began in 2008 as a small pilot program.

“Several years ago, I noticed an increasing number of students who did not show any interest in reading, “ Sisson said. “Our librarian also noted a decrease in circulation, and teachers expressed concern at the lack of interest in reading from students.”

CMS Principal Matt Miller with R2W Grand Prize Winner

Sisson began researching incentive programs and educational theories of what worked and didn’t work with the middle school non-reader. After meeting with language art teachers, she met with CMS Principal, Matt Miller, who encouraged her to start a campus based reading program.

Sisson designed R2W as a reward based reading program. Each time a student completed a book, they received a ticket to put into a raffle bin in the library. At the end of the six-weeks, a teacher would draw names for gift cards. Initially, participation was negligible and the gift cards were five dollars.

“Unfortunately, the first year of the program wasn’t as popular as I’d envisioned,” Sisson said. “We had approximately 25 percent participation and the prizes were not as alluring as I’d hoped.”

Not one to give up, Sisson asked Miller if the school could designate days during Dragon Den (homeroom) for R2W.  He not only agreed, he offered to help secure funding for more attractive awards. Miller approached the CMS PTSO about providing larger prizes for the program and they readily agreed.

“Our PTSO has been instrumental in supporting R2W by providing gift cards to give away each six-weeks and Kindles to give away to Grand Prize winners each semester,” Miller said.

Students agree that the prizes are motivation to read. CMS student, Will Meagher said, “I really wanted to win that Kindle!” 

As a result, the program has grown and the number of readers has too.

“We’ve seen an increase in the number of tickets in the bin over the last two years so we know the drawings have motivated students to read and complete more books,” Miller said.

Encouraging reluctant readers can be challenging. Miller advises parents to find their child’s interests and match those interests with newspapers, cartoons, magazines, and books.

“As long as a child is reading something they are interested in, they will be more inclined to read for pleasure,” Miller said.

This year, Sisson added the CMS Book Club to the R2W program. Interested students meet for a book chat and a snack and choose the next book to read.

“It’s fun to see what other people are reading,” CMS student Haylee Burks said.

“I have high hopes that this will be another way to get our students to read and become lifelong readers and learners,” Sisson said. “R2W works because students have come to understand that reading is valued on our campus.”